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News number: 8801241307

18:40 | 2009-04-13

Foriegn Policy

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Interior Minister: No Need for Foreigners' Presence in Iraq

TEHRAN (FNA)- There is no need for foreigners' presence in Iraq, Iranian Interior Minister Sadeq Mahsouli said on Monday, noting that the Iraqi people are well able to enhance security in their country.



Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Migration Abd al-Samad Sultan, Mahsouli said, "We had good negotiations to promote the two countries' level of relations, considering the cultural commonalities of Iran and Iraq."

"Today it could be well said that security in Iraq has been improved much and the country's nation has been able to promote the level of security in that country through using its massive abilities and capabilities and today there is no need for foreigners' presence in Iraq," he added.

Referring to the problems of the Iraqi immigrants who fled their country because of insecurity, Mahsouli reiterated, "Many Iraqi people came to Iran after insecurities, war and Saddam's dominance over the country and today more studies and surveys are needed to gradually resolve the problems of these immigrants."